Redclaw crayfish is a species of freshwater crayfish indigenous to Queensland and the Northern Territory. Originally, they were confined to waterways associated with the Gulf river system in Australia, but today they are present in most water catchment systems in Queensland.
Redclaw can survive and prosper in a wide variety of environmental conditions and are also commercially farmed in south-east Queensland.
With over one hundred species of freshwater crayfish indigenous to Australia, Redclaw is one of only three species that are commercially produced.
Redclaw is a desirable food
In the early 1980s, Redclaw, then known as Queensland Marron, was identified as a potential for aquaculture because of its desirable biological characteristics and the high quality of the product for human consumption. Redclaw has an appealing flavour and high meat yield.